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U.S. smart grid moves forward with new standards

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, October 24, 2011

The first six entries have been added to a new book of standards that are expected to help drive implementation of smart grid-related technology in America, according to Engineer Live.

The standards were written by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a group of more than 675 private and public organizations that were created by the U.S. National Institute of Standards, and will serve as a guide for utilities and related industries to follow.

"In order to convert today's power grid - which still functions largely as it did when grids were created in the 19th century - into a power distribution network that can enable the wide use of electric vehicles, as well as incorporate renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, a number of new standards must be established," the panel stated.

All six standards received the approval of more than 90 percent of SGIP members.

Smart grid developments are occurring worldwide, with China's State Grid Corporation announcing new plans to invest $250 billion in grid infrastructure updates in the next five years, $45 billion of which has been allocated strictly to the smart grid, according to the American Progress Organization.

By 2020, another $45 billion is expected to be invested in a stronger, smarter grid.  

SUBNET Solutions Inc. is one solutions provider on the cutting edge of smart grid deployment, offering utilities guidance and resources for substation automation and remote access capabilities. 

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